5 NYC Rooftops to Watch the 4th of July Fireworks

NYC 4th of JulyPhoto Credit: New York Sightseeing Tours

Gone are the days of watching Macy’s 4th of July fireworks alongside the Hudson! This year the sparks are moving to the East River—and so are the best parties, naturally. If you’re looking to stay in Manhattan this Independence Day, look no further for a guide to the best views of the lights show. Haute Living has rounded up the five ultimate rooftops to watch the fireworks and celebrate the national holiday in luxury.

Sonny’s Soda Shoppe
150 Lafayette Street
(212) 389-0000

Sonny's Soda ShoppePhoto Credit: Gothamist

For a swanky twist on childhood classics, sip on gelato floats and snack on authentic pizza while you watch the fireworks at Sonny’s Soda Shoppe. It’s safe to say the Mondrian SoHo’s retro rooftop bar has mastered the art of summer relaxation.

Sky Room Times Square
330 W 40th Street
(212) 380-1195

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It doesn’t get better than watching a stunning lights show with panoramic views of Manhattan while popping bottles of Dom Perignon Rosé. Stay after the fireworks and party all night at Sky Room, where you’re likely to bump into A-listers galore.

The Standard East Village
25 Cooper Square
(212) 475-5700

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With the charming sights of the East Village and unbeatable views of the sparks, The Standard’s rooftop offers the ultimate 4th of July experience by the East River. Extending your stay—and booking a room— will seem tempting after such an idyllic night.

The Kimberly Hotel
145 E 50th Street
(212) 702-1600

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Head over to The Upstairs Rooftop Bar and Lounge for breathtaking sights of the fireworks and addictive cocktails. Located on the penthouse of this beloved hotel, The Upstairs boasts a guarantee of an unforgettable and glamorous Independence Day. 

Hotel on Rivington
107 Rivington Street
(212) 475-2600

Hotel on RivingtonPhoto Credit: Hotel on Rivington

The Lower East Side—and Independence Day—have never been more exciting, upbeat and swanky. Check out the Hotel on Rivington’s 4th of July celebration, complete with panoramic views, VIP table packages, special guest DJs, and of course, an open bar.